I’m sure a lot of you have heard the saying, “When you reach the end of your rope, tie a knot in it and hang on.” I’ve heard it for the most of my life. Sometimes situations in life get us to the point where we feel like we are in that position. You may feel like you’re swinging on the end of your rope, maybe even the last strand of that rope. I’ve got good news. God will make a way for you.
I recall Elijah in the bible, he was in the middle of a famine that had come to the land. God told him to tell Ahab this famine was coming. It was going to last for years. Elijah didn’t have food. What did God do? He told him to go down by the brook and the birds would bring him food! Can you get a hold of that? Do you understand? God can provide everything you need in the middle of the driest places. He hasn’t left you. God loves you and while it may be hard and you may be going through stuff, he will provide for you.
Let’s stick with Elijah. Later on in the story, he’s facing over 400 prophets of Baal on Mt. Carmel. They are in a showdown. Whose God will answer? The prophets of Baal go first. Baal was the god of weather according to them. So he was the one they would pray to for it to rain. After hours of praying and cutting themselves nothing happened. Elijah steps up to pray to the ONE and ONLY GOD. He tells the people to pour water on the sacrifice, in fact, they pour three barrels full until everything is soaked. Elijah prayed and God answered by fire. He consumed the sacrifice, the wood, stones, dust and water too. He didn’t leave anything left!
Staying with Elijah. Now it’s time for the famine to end. He tells Ahab to eat and drink because I hear the sound of an abundance of rain! Ahab ate and drank. Elijah went back to Mt. Carmel and started to pray. As he prayed he sent his servant out to check the sky. The servant came back and reported that there was nothing there. How many times have we experienced that? How many times have you prayed and it didn’t seem like anything was happening? Elijah sends him again. Again nothing. A third time Elijah sends him. Again nothing. By this time most of us would be losing heart and thinking that God isn’t hearing our prayer. Elijah sends him four more times. On the seventh time, the servant says I see a small cloud about the size of a man’s hand. That was enough for Elijah! He sent the servant to tell Ahab to prepare his chariot. (He was going to Jezreel). The sky darkened up and there was a great rain. Now get this…the Spirit of God got on Elijah and he outran Ahab’s chariot to Jezreel!
I’m telling you, tie a knot in the end of your rope because it’s not the end! Whatever you are facing or going through is not too big for God. He is able to handle any problem you have. He’s able to handle any addiction you have. He’s able to handle anything you are facing. Call out to him and have faith, just a little is all it takes. If you’ve prayed over and over and you haven’t seen anything happen, keep praying. God is on the move.
Remember that he loves you and no matter how hard the battle is, he’s with you. He’s providing everything you need for the situation you are in. It hasn’t taken him by surprise. He knew it was coming and he’s already got everything you need waiting on you. The answers may not come like you expect and they may not even be what you want, but they will be for your good.